Bullet for My Valentine
The Poison


4.0
excellent

Review

by trainofconsequence USER (14 Reviews)
March 15th, 2014 | 11 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A superb debut effort that displays immense talent

Bullet For My Valentine are frequently a band that serves as a gateway into metal music for people. Their albums are hives of angst, catchy choruses, and fast guitar solos, whilst remaining very accessible. The Poison is the first album in this band's career, and stands out as their strongest work to date.

This is a very strong metalcore album driven by many riffs that sway on the threshold of excellence. Her Voice Resides slices through expectations with a selection of great guitar riffs and screams of pure passion. Even a cheesy bridge involving some whiney clean singing does not detract from the quality here. Another great song is Four Words To Choke Upon, a monolith that thunders forward and boasts a superb chorus.

One real highlight of this album that sets it apart from the run-of-the-mill metalcore acts today is the guitar soloing. The lead work throughout Bullet's opus borders on brilliance, as is shown on fan favorite Tears Don't Fall. The first half of this track is a heartfelt slower number, until it explodes into a violent neck-snapper. From here, the audience is gifted a beautifully melodic solo.

Sadly, The Poison suffers from a lack of consistency towards the end. The songs begin to grate a little with some irritating choruses, and it just seems as though much of the creativity was used up on the first few songs. The vocals and drumming still remain intetesting despite this dip , and therefore these songs are not really bad. The screams are fantastic and the double bass work should bring immense pleasure.

Overall, The Poison is a fantastic debut effort from the Welsh metalcore titans and is deserving of a listen or two for anyone.



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Muisc4Life26
March 15th 2014


2941 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review man. This album is really nostagalic, but it's the only record i enjoy from them.

trainofconsequence
March 15th 2014


1442 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

their stuff is all good man

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
March 15th 2014


21588 Comments


Good to see you back skele bro.

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trainofconsequence
March 15th 2014


1442 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

its good to be back, jamie

adr
March 15th 2014


3527 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Nostalgia hard indeed. One of the albums that get me in heavy music. Ruled hard back in the day, still a solid record, but yeah this and their first 2 ep's are the only worth things they released.

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jayz0ned
March 15th 2014


116 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Look.. AT.....ME......NOW!

EverythingAndLess
March 15th 2014


17 Comments


I remember jamming this back in high school. I was obsessed with "Hand of Blood" off their EP. Too bad everything after this album was so bad.

Green Baron
March 15th 2014


20325 Comments


oh skele

KriegdemKriege
March 15th 2014


1411 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

You're back!

KriegdemKriege
March 15th 2014


1411 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I actually really like Tears Don't Fall. Everything else on this album is mediocre though.

titanslayer
March 16th 2014


2109 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

4 words and tears don't fall are both jams



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